What's "one game" got to do with anything? You can't just move the goalposts every time you are "just one game" over the limit.
It's got to do with the exceptional circumstances and the ability of the head of the NBL to be able to weigh up the pros and cons of the Kings being able to replace Childress, that it was SO CLOSE to the deadline, that there were still enough games left to have both a positive effect on the league and a unfairly negative effect on the Kings.
Wookiee, do you believe that the Kings has everything in place (paperwork and a legitimate offer etc) in the few days between Childress confirming his injury, and the NBL supposedly rejecting it?
If it meant getting an ex-NBA player? hell yeah... I'm not saying that it would have been 100% quick enough to suit for the Perth game, but if it meant getting JChills buddy in? Sure...
I'll break it down for you...
- JChill inures himself, feels seriousness of injury, inspected by trainer, possibilities about what it could be raised (Coach Cotter I think mentioned in PC after game that they already thought it was torn pec muscle?)
Monday over Australia Day lunch with teammates:
- JChill in talks with Ownership "dude, this is messed up, but I think I could get a mate of mine to fill in, will call him to see if he can do it for the rest of my waived cash due to injury waiver"
- Kings owner at party: "Sweet, ta mate..."
- JChill calls around, gets to Harrington "Yo, Al, whatbeupdawg? I know you finished up in China, I did my pec muscle and my peeps are down an ex-NBA dude... what you doin', yo?"
- Al: "yo, I'm still flush with my NBA/China cash, but what they offerin'? Get them to email through an offer to my agent, dawg... WIll put a rush on it because I know time is of the essence, for reals... SHouldn't be a problem, would love to catch some rays and hang with you for a month or two..."
- Ownership takes 10mins out of his Australia Day festivities to discuss with other owners, they go "we can get another ex-NBA guy for X amount? struth! do it, cobber!" to which then emails official offer to Al's agent...
Next day or two, signed offer back in the hands of Kings ready to be submitted to NBL...
Now of course, I wasn't privy to the exact dealings, no matter how authentic all that seemed, but do you really think that with the potential to get another ex-NBA quality player in to not just save face, but maybe even their season, that the Kings management would be dragging the chain and not workign 24/7 to get it done?
The disappointing thing for me is this has happened before and the rules should have been changed by now. I have heard no good reason why a team shouldn't be able to replace an injured import.
Yeah, this is the most stupid thing... If the NBL didn't fix it, the teams should have pushed for them to... But possibly didn't want to push an agenda that they might not have to make use of and then have it bite them in the arse when another team makes use of it...
And you haven't heard a good reason, as there hasn't been one made... All the points have been suggested that the import is lesser quality and would be getting dumped for under performing, which is easy enough to police with common sense.